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of course there is no question that libya and the world would be better off with gadhafi out of power. >> as u.s. president obama outlines his position, delegates from dozens of country s arriie in london to discuss libya's future. hello, 5:00 a.m. in washington, 10:00 a.m. in london. >> you're watching "world one live" from london. also ahead. this is a pro-government rally, organized to show support for syria's president assad. more trouble at the japan fukushima nuclear plant. a plutonium leak and tons of contaminated water are the latest hazards. >> good news out of denmark. watch this. >> yeah! >> yes! >> delight for police searching for a missing 3-year-old as news comes in that he's been found.
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we begin with the crisis in libya and foreign ministers from more than 40 countries are meeting in london today to talk about how libya can move ahead without moammar gadhafi. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton's going to be there, so will the british prime minister david cameron and the u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon. there will be a strong showing from the arab world with representatives from qatar, jordan, lebanon, iraq, morocco and tunisia. the talks are coming at a really critical time for libya, an uprising that began in mid-february snow balled into a civil war and there's no end in sight just yet. rebel fighters are slowly forcing back gadhafi loyalists and advancing toward the capital tripoli. the closer they get, the more resistance they meet. u.s. president barack obama, too, coming in for criticism about military strikes on libya but he's been defending u.s. action.
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>> to brush aside america's responsibility as a leader and more profoundly our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are. some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. the united states of america is different. and as president, i refuse to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action. >> at today's summit, they'll be discussing the process of change as well as how to get aid to the people of libya. we want to get more now from cnn's international security correspondent paula newton. she's outside ten downing street in london. paula? >> reporter: leaders will be meeting in a few hours. certainly what they want to do is stress the fact they will speak with one voice, trying to continue to pressure the gadhafi regime to really give up, to negotiate, try and get beyond
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the military situation on the ground and come to some kind of negotiated settlement. but clearly, monita what's hampering them is the situation on the ground. the coalition is starting with the air strikes, although nato does have control now of the arms embargo and of the no-fly zone. critically those air strikes continue on the ground. i want you to listen to the uk foreign secretary william hague. we just spoke to him in the last hour. >> we all want a cease-fire and really, the start of anything like that is a cease-fire. that's what the u.n. resolution calls for. that's what we're trying to bring about by making air strikes and missile strikes on gadhafi forces who have been attacking or threatening to attack the civilian areas of libya. and so we all want to see that cease-fire. and i think we all want to see gadhafi go. >> reporter: you know what's interesting, they continually say they want to see gadhafi go, yet at the same time we heard from president obama that, look,
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this is not the aim of this mission. many people are still asking what are you going to be able to do on the ground if it comes to house-to-house fighting in a lot of the cities that we've already seen a lot of interaction between the rebels and the gadhafi forces. monita. >> that's interesting. the communiques have been coming out, talking about military operations would continue as long as civilians were under threat from any sort after tack, adding on to what mr. hague was saying with be though, we understand mr. cameron, the british prime minister along with france's president, nicolas sarkozy issued a statement that military air strikes would continue if even if colonel gadhafi would ask for a cease-fire because they just don't trust him. >> that's definitely been going back. when they say a cease-fire, they're speaking to the military, monita, fate toe officials told me quite clearly, these guys have to take off their uniforms, go home, step away from their tanks. as long as there are any
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movement on the forces on the ground, the air strikes will continue. but it's starting to become a lot more murky, monita. today they want to put the emphasis on the partnership with the arab world and the humanitarian effort going forward. that becomes increasingly difficult to do. when you talk to them about the actual dools they'll have at hand to do anything about street-to-street fighting in a place like sirte or misrata, they don't have an answer. >> paula newton, thank you. in just a few minutes we'll be talking to general sir mike jackson. first, let's take you to libya, rebels are saying that coalition air strikes are helping them gain ground, advancing toward colonel gadhafi's hometown of sirte. they're facing much more resistance. cnn's arwa damon reports. >> reporter: firing wildly at gadhafi loyalistses, they thought were chasing them, opposition fighters beat a hasty and chaotic retreat. scanning the desert for libyan
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army forces, who might be trying to outflank them. throughout the day, the opposition says it had been successfully pushing the libyan army back. now it seems they're going to have to confront civilians as well. >> the fighters were all the way up in an area, they say the residents in that area were given new weapons by gadhafi. he says this is say weapon that was one of those that was given to these residents. and as they went in, the residents began firing on them. but they say there were families in this one area, so they did not want to fire back. as they were retreating, they began getting fired on even more. >> until now, the opposition had encountered little resistance or sign of gadhafi's troops. coalition air strikes had
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pounded loyalists military positions clearing the way for a rapid advance through territory where the opposition had the population's support. until the fighters began to close in on gadhafi's hometown. his hometown of sirte. on the side of the road, naji's face is hastily bandaged. so what he's saying is they basically advanced quite a ways down the road and came across a unit of gadhafi forces that raised a white flag. when they approached them, they were fired on now trying to penetrate the tribal lands of gadhafi's loyalists, it's clear that the battlefield dynamics have changed once again. and it sounds like the real street-to-street battle is about to begin. arwa damon, cnn, eastern libya. >> colonel gadhafi called for a halt to what he called a, quote, bar baric offensive in libya,
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meaning the air strikes by coalition forces, nato will take full command of those operations on wednesday. we can speak now to a former commander and chief of the british army, general sir mike jackson. sir, thank you for being with us. there's been so much confusion, i guess what has been described as a murky agreement by all in terms of what is actually happening over the the air and what the actual mission is for nato when it comes to protecting civilians. we understand nato's job is to enforce the no-fly zone. they also say what they will do what they can to protect civilians. what does that mean when the battle that happens on the ground? >> well, the u.n. security council resolution 1973 is very clear. it says all necessary measures. to be taken to protect civilians and civilian areas. that to me is very clear. and all necessary measures is a very broad mandate for the use of military force.
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and it seems to me that what has been going on is the use of air power, first of all, to draw down gadhafi's own air defenses and frankly, the skies of the coalition and to draw down his ground forces, which let's not forget, only a few days ago were assaulting benghazi. we've come a long way since then. >> it's one thing to launch air strikes on to targets on the ground. >> indeed. >> against military targets. >> what happens again gadhafi forces enter into populated cities? launching an air strike from the sky you'd be very difficult to protect civilians from being collateral damage in that strike. can you actually see ground operations taking place? a ground offensive by nato taking place? >> i think we're a very long way
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from that. let's take the two points separately. the first point you make is the problem of using military force. against opponents in a built-up area without bringing civilians into danger. that is a real conundrum. rest assured, from what i can see, every effort is being made by the pilots of the coalition not to incur civilian casualties. now, the geneva conventions do allow military targets to be engaged even if there is a risk of civilian casualties, provided it is in the words of the convention, proportionate. so there is that dilemma. it's a very difficult call. sorry, i've forgotten your second point. >> in terms of the military ground offensive -- >> yes.
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well, the security council resolution is an interesting document. i've already stressed it says all necessary measures. but then paradoxiccally it rules out one measure or apparently rules out. it goes on to say there will nobody occupation of any part of libyan territory. then we could get into a debate what is meant by occupation here. >> before i let you go, what would be considered in your mind a successful operation there in libya? >> well, i think we need to think outside of day-to-day events on the ground. what is being sought here is a future which is stable for libya. stability and security. i find it personally difficult to see how that can ab chiefed with gadhafi in either actual or notional power. but the end state is a political one, not a military one.
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the military can enable politicians both within libya and without to come to a settlement, whether that includes gadhafi or not, we shall see. which will provide libya with a stable future. >> all right. sir mike, stand by. we'll be coming back to you later on in the show. we appreciate your thoughts right now. you're watching "world one live" from london. demonstrators in syria are turning out to support the government. we go there next. [ male announcer ] 95% of all americans aren't getting enough whole grain. but actually, it's never been easier to get the whole grain you want from your favorite big g cereals. from cheerios to lucky charms, there's whole grain in every box. make sure to look for the white check.
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it takes knowing we have our work cut out for us. but if you run before the wind you can't take off. you've got to turn into it. the thing you push against lifts you up. so, every challenge is a chance to show that even in this crazy world of no liquids and route cancellations someone still has the passenger's back. and along the way we'll prove we're not just building a bigger airline we're building a better one. rallying in support of syria's president, supporters of bashar al assad are holding demonstrations in parts of the country at this hour. they come hard on the heels of violent clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters. damascus has promised to lift the state of emergency that's been there for nearly 50 years but it isn't saying when.
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a senior international correspondent stan grant is watching all of this unfold from cnn abu dhabi. there are dualing demonstrations today. >> we're seeing the pro-saasd demonstrations as well. particularly in the southern part of the country where the protests have been at their fearest. we're hearing rights observers and activists saying that syrian state security has opened fire and the rising death toll seemingly by the day. of course, there's been a real difference of opinion in syria depending on who you speak to. the government, the regime have been quick to blame the protest in areas in the south on outside influences. they say it is foreign meddling. people involved in the protest says it is local issues that have motivated them and it's now get together point where they're
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actually starting to call for the overthrow of the regime itself. if you look at what's happening in syria, zain, it's what we've seen throughout the so-called arab spring of unrest. the protests begin in a regional way, a localized way. they gather momentum. each crisis seems to bring more people out on the streets. we see a crackdown from state security. then an offer ever some concession and the protests themselves rejecting those concessions. we're seeing that again in syria right now. you mention the offer of repeal of this emergency law, the law that's been in place for 48 years now. it's been used in the past to crash dissent. that's been one of the demands of the protesters. we've been hearing of this concession for the government. still no official word on that. no date on that, detail about what that will actually involve. president assad has been rumored to be preparing to speak to the syrian people now for the past few days.
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that also has not happened. but what we're seeing now is on the one hand, the hardening of protests against the regime in the south and now these images today as we've seen in other parts of the middle east as well, images coming out in support of the president himself. zain? >> cnn's stan grant reporting. thanks, stan. we just want to be clear that it is not possible for cnn right now to confirm all of the reports that we are hearing out of syria or to verify that videos people are sharing online are actually showing what they appear to show. there's an article on cnn.com that i write with my colleague tim lister where we take the look at the unrest in syria and some of the challenges for assad. emergency workers face a tough balancing act at japan's fu fukushima plant. the radiation warning comes a
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day after news that the containment structure surrounding one reactor is damaged. workers found small amounts of plutonium that have leaked out from the reactor core. >> translator: if you look at the types of plutonium, the composition is different from the fallout. because of this, we believe this plutonium is likely to come from the reactor, which is troubled today. if we are going to detect higher level of plutonium we need to take higher measures. our intention is to continue with the monitoring. >> you're watching "world one" live from london. we head to new delhi and talk and meet the people that are trying to end the suffering there. . you know when to hold 'em...
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hello. this year's cnn is throwing light on the dark world of slavery in the modern world with our freedom project. >> it's an initiative that we've launched to try and help expose an inhumen trade that continues even in the 21st century. we know it's not a problem we can solve just with cnn's coverage alone but we want to put it firmly in the spotlight with the stories and interviews that we're showing you that you're not going to see anywhere else. >> the next report is kind of a thing we're talking about. becky anderson has been finding out about the lives of women forced into the sex trade in india and meeting some of the people trying to help. ♪ >> reporter: these women are singing for freedom. and through their lyrics raising awearness on the issue of sex trafficking in india.
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once a month, women's rights group organizes meetings like these. so that women can share stories of pain and courage. sing right along this gathering women's rights advocates zine salbi. she's meeting with victims. as a one-woman army she says she's determined to save sex trafficking victims one by one. victims like mina hasina. >> translator: when i was 8 years old i was kidnapped and sold off. in the beginning, i did household chores then i was made to sleep with a brothel owner's son. they told me he was my husband. after he would go to sleep, i was forced to sleep with other men, about five to ten a day. i began to think this is what i was born to do. i had nowhere tolles go. >> reporter: mina's story is all
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too common here. we spoke with india's undersecretary for trafficking. he points to an anti-trafficking law that's been on the books for more than 50 years and says many programs are in place to help rescue and rehabilitate victims. but it only takes a short drive through new delhi's red light district to see that many victims fall through the cracks. >> this is the brothel area. you see it on the top. >> reporter: we follow along with zalbi. she's been grant a rare glimpse inside a brothel and even more rare, the brothel owner agrees to sit down and talk to her. on camera. you said some of the women come to the red light district through trafficking. what happens? >> translator: you can't say that 100% of these women are trafficked here but yes, the girls are often tricked into marriage and sold by their own husbands. other times they're abducted. >> reporter: he readily admits there's no way to verify who's
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being trafficked but he says it's not fair to blame the buyer and brothel. it's the traffickers, he says, who should be prosecuted. >> translator: every single one of these girls comes through a pimp or madam, very rarely, say 5% of the time, does a girl come on his own. >> reporter: his wife agrees, she should know, she was once a sex worker herself. >> translator: only helpless women come here, not women of choice. the ones who traded in are bond forever. >> reporter: he'sland activist, says he's trying to help prostitutes and their children by allowing them to live together in his brothel, a better alternative than living on the street. there are those who make it out on their own. like mina. she eventually escaped and is helping to rescue others. the organization has reached out to more than 10,000 women.
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its premises based on self-help. >> we organize women into small groups all over the country and these groups are like support groups where the women help each other by sharing stories of pain and courage and discrimination and also of success. and through that they empower each other. >> reporter: empowered, hopeful and free. becky anderson, cnn, london. >> she's the founder of women for women international. she's the women's advocate you saw in that report. zainab spoke to becky anderson about how the trafficking system actually works. >> this guy is very open about it. he says the trafficker brings me the girl and usually the younger she is, not only the more desired she is but the harder the possibilities of her getting out of this. because she just becomes imprisoned in that environment. so he said i buy her in front of
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her. here, i'm just buying you, just so you know. she has to work about five years for free to pay off the price that i bought her. for him, it's a very open process. >> this is the type of story you might want to i mail to someone so they can see it, too. find this at cnn.com/freedom. where you can share it by e-mail or social media. next to each video, click on the share button, that's at cnn.com/freedom. you're watching "world one" live from london. as nato gears up to take command of air operations over libya, what's the future for moammar gadhafi? >> delegates from all over the world are converging right here in london to deal with that question. we'll hear in just a minute from the former chief of the british army. but with advair, i'm breathing better. so now, i've got the leading part. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function.
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hello, this is "world one," live from london, i'm monita rajpal. >> and i'm zain vergee. here are our top stories. representatives from 40 countries and organizations are meeting in london to discuss the future of moammar gadhafi. the u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon and the u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton will all be here. on monday, the british prime minister david cameron and nicolas sarkozy called on the libyan leader to step down. >> libyan rebels try too-to-advance on moammar gadhafi's hometown of sirte, government trooped are still entrenched in western libya. president barack obama said in a speech on monday, history is not on colonel gadhafi's side. >> pro-government demonstrations
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are being held in syria's capital, damascus. and in other parts of the country. state tv's broadcast this video of what it calls a demonstration of loyalty for the union of the country. syria is the latest of a host of arab countries where opposition to the government has broken out into public protests. japanese officials are concerned that more contaminated water will leak from the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant as workers try to cool the overheating reactors. that warning comes a day after news that the containment structure surrounding one of the reactors is damaged. the plant's owner says small amounts of plutonium have also been found in the grounds of the plant. >> libya's leader moammar gadhafi is calling on international powers to end what he calls their barbaric offensive but the coalition air strikes just keep coming, clearing the way for a major advance by libya's rebels. there was some resistance on monday by forces loyal to gadhafi.
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exclusive cnn video shows opposition fighters being forced to retreat near colonel gadhafi's hometown of sirte. rebels seized control of the coast as far west as ras lanuf. they are saying they are also in control of nafalia. u.s. president barack obama is defending the multinational intervention in libya and he's arguing it's a unique opportunity to stop a wave of violence. he says nato will take control of the allied operation from wednesday and that america's role will be limited. >> it's true that america cannot use our military wherever repression occurs. and given the cost and risks of intervention, we must always measure our interests against the need for action. but that cannot be an argument
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for never acting. on behalf of what's right. >> it's clear that we are on the side of the rebels in this conflict. we're wiping out gadhafi's armor and we have prevent them from having the advantage in the air. in fact, they stopped flying as soon as we declared the no-fly zone. it's clear we are acting on the battlefield, on the side of the rebels. and that we can, by keeping up this sustained pressure and movement, that gadhafi could be removed. if we tell gadhafi, don't worry, you won't be removed by force, i think that's encouraging to gadhafi. >> as nato and the coalition meet here in london we want to take a look at what world newspapers are saying about their strategy in lib aia here in the uk, nar rogrowing the options. the people goes on to say, at what point nato action seizes to
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be about protecting civilians from gadhafi and begins to be about prosecuting a war on behalf of libyan insurgents. notice united arab emirates, it goes on to say a more aggressive military strategy may not be what the international community had in mind. the longer colonel gadhafi stays put, however, this is a question that will be strenuously debated. "gulf news" with the headlines, clever brains, not smart bombs. the paper says the longer this goes on, the coalition's resolve is likely to crack. u.s. president barack obama with the albatrosses of iraq and afghanistan around his neck is an unwilling war president. you can find those articles and more of the top stories online at facebook.com/cnn1. at the end of the day it comes down to what the leaders of nato plan to do.
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for a little bit of insight, we turn to retired general mike jackson, the former chief of the british army. he was the commander of nato's allied rapid reaction core. we're joined by cnn state department producer and my good friend, elise lap ert. let's start with you. what does the u.s. hope to achieve? >> now that they have the coalition, the no-fly zone in place, nato has taken control of the mission, not only of the no-fly zone but also of protecting commissions, this all is building political support for a transin addition libya. it's not just about the military coalition but how they're going to build a democratic transition, how they'll work with the opposition. are they going to train the rebels, arm the rebels. what about humanitarian assistance. i also think they'll be talking about what the end game is in libya. if we talk about that the mission is really just to protect civilians, we see the rebels going on the offensive.
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i think there will be a lot of discussion in that room about just how far we're willing to go to, although the military object sieve just to protect civilians, how do we achieve our political objective of getting rid of moammar gadhafi? >> with all the politics back and forth, with the wrangling we've been seeing over the past few weeks, has that affected the military operation? as a military guy that has to be frustrating. >> but rather familiar. multinational operations by their very nature bring friction. you have different politics, different political prisms through which congregating governments see the problem. there is never going to be a tidy, complete consensus. there's always going to be differing views. and that's partly, i suspect, of what today's conference is there to haerm out. >> elise, one of the things,
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too, is what is the u.s.'s interest in libya? barack obama said yesterday when he spoke that it was a vital part of u.s. interest. is it? >> his defense secretary robert gates on sunday said not so much. although the middle east is of vital interest to the united states and some of the countries surrounding libya, egypt, tunisia are in the throes of their own revolutions. this was about humanitarian interventi intervention. also because of the europeans and the arabs who wanted the u.s. to get involved. u.s. is part of nato. when the u.s. needed all the countries in nato to side with them on 9/11, they did so. so secretary clinton the other day was saying, listen, we need to stand with them. this was a humanitarian int interventi intervention. there are critics of this policy that say libya is not vital to
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the u.s. >> i think benghazi would be a grim place if events had not gone as they did. i think it goes also beyond humanitarian intervention. i think it is in the u.s.'s interest to have a stable middle east. and that's such that stability an all of this popular dissatisfaction we see throughout the middle east, i think to get stability is very much strategic interest. >> one of the big hopes is that with all the military support from nato, that the rebels can pull through and actually march on tripoli and it gives them the kind of cover to be able to do what the rest of the world wants. can they do it? when you look at the military make-up on the ground, gadhafi's ground troops, the rebels, their make-up, their military organization, can they do it? >> we will have to wait and see, because you make a very fair point, that the military competence of the so-called
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rebels, perhaps leave something to be desired. but at the same time, gadhafi's own forces have been badly hurt by what has been going on in terms of the no-fly zone and the offensive action taken in the words of the security council resolution to protect civilians. >> final thought? >> i think when this happens, when these troops are on the offensive, it seiceases to be at protecting civilians. at what point did z it end protecting civilians? at what point are we going on a larger offensive against gadhafi under the realm of a humanitarian intervention. i think there's a lot of disagreement among members of the coalition, about how far they should go. >> cnn's state department producer, elise lappert. >> they may have to go back to the security council if gadhafi does not comply.
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>> we'll see what happens. today is a really important day. we'll have our eye on it. this is "world one," live from london. there are more concerns about radiation in japan. next, we look at the possible dangers and the very real fears. that's ahead here on "world one." you're watching cnn. but if you run before the wind you can't take off. you've got to turn into it. the thing you push against lifts you up. so, every challenge is a chance to show that even in this crazy world of no liquids and route cancellations someone still has the passenger's back. and along the way we'll prove we're not just building a bigger airline we're building a better one. consider this: over 70% of firefighters are local volunteers... these are our neighbors putting their lives on the line. and when they rely on a battery, there are firefighters everywhere who trust duracell. and now you can join with duracell to help.
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plutonium. the chief cabinet secretary said you know what, we believe that plutonium is from our own nuclear facility. there had been debate that perhaps this was plutonium that had come as part of atomic testing in the '70s and '80s. they say the make-up does indicate it comes from one of the reactors. the possibility is it could come any reactors out there. number three uses plutonium and uranium mixed. quite frankly one of the byproducts of running any reactor is plutonium. the good news is, it's in very small quantities. then it's the water. that's what we've been talking about, water, water, everywhere. the reason for that, they've been trying to cool down the fuel rods and reactors for weeks now, dumping water. you have water sloshing around all over that site. it appears that some of that water is heavily contaminated
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and perhaps getting into the ocean. the watter that is running through tunnels outside of the reactors that has the ability to get to the ocean. the levels of radioactive iodine that have been found in the ocean, about 1,100 times normal up to a mile away. it's a concern but tepco doesn't know where it's coming from. >> martin as all of this comes out, little bits of information that we get, little developments here and there that we're getting from fukushima, how is this playing out in the rest of the country, in tokyo, how are the japanese looking at what's happening there? hundreds of miles away as to what possible dangers they may be facing or feeling? >> well, it's not the panic stage that it was say ten days ago when people clearly had apparently stayed indoors or left the city altogether. you find that tokyo is more back to normal.
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however, there are people taking precautions. a lot of pregnant women have decided that it would be best to have their babies in other prefectures, away from tokyo. there's concern about the drinking water safety, even though the government levels say it's pretty much back to normal. it's in the backs of people's minds. they are well aware and they follow the story but they're not as panicked as they used to be. >> thank you. let's take a look at the global forecast, let's start in japan. our meteorologist is poring over the weather maps there to give us more detail. >> you're right. weather has been quiet over the last several days. we see a weak area of low pressure moving through. you can see on our graphic. that will bring a chance for snow and higher elevations as well as some light rain. that includes parts of sendai as well as miyagi prefecture. here's the forecast for sendai, wednesday, we'll see sunshine. early on, the temperature right around 11 degrees and then comes
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that chance of rain as we go into the evening hours. so that also is going to be shifting those winds that will become a little bit variable. we could see the winds coming onshore as we go through tomorrow. certainly we'll be watching that for the potential to push the radiation in the wrong direction toward a populated area. shifting gears for you, we'll see more what's happening in asia. heavy rainfall is coming down. notice 225 millimeters in parts of thailand. that works out to be 8 inches. let me show you images coming out of thailand, flooding, mudslides. reportedly three people have died, including two monks who died in a mudslide. the rain has been coming down for days. it has a fair chance to become a tropical circulation. you can see right now, the center of the storm spinning on top of the malay peninsula. we could see 25 to 35
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centimeter, this image captures how bad it is across the region. people getting around in boats. here's the proof for you, more of the heavy rain in an area that certainly does not need it and we're not even in rainy season yet. back over to you. >> thank you. you are watching "world one," live from london. this cobra is missing and now it's become a social media sensation. we were laughing our heads off in the newsroom. you'll want to hear this.
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welcome back. this is "world one" live from london. an egyptian cobra missing from a zoo has become a media star. the venomous snake has a twitter page, of course. she's on the loose after
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disappearing from her enclosure at new york's bronx zoo on saturday. staff at the zoo think the cobra is hiding out somewhere in the reptile building and will come out when she feels safe. the spoof twitter account at bronxzooscobra was set up 16 hours ago and has more than 20,000 followers. the first tweet says, i want to thank those animals from the movie "madagascar," they were a real inspiration. the next one, gonna listen to some jazz tonight. you know i love great flute work. do they provide it or is it bring your own basket? another one, it's getting cold out, i think it's probably time to crash. oh, look, an apartment window someone left open just a crack, perfect. just some of the sample items we got from that page. we have a link on our facebook page if you want to read more about the missing cobra. you're not anyone unless you have a twitter page, right.
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>> that missing cobra has more twitter followers than i have got in two years. if you're on the list you probably received your invitation to the royal wedding next month in london but only a few of the guest will be invited back to the palace for a reception hosted by her majesty. max foster has a treat for you. he was actually allowed in to take a look at the preparations. ♪ >> reporter: in the basement of buckingham palace, a team of 21 chefs will make nearly 10,000 bite-size canopies for the guests at the reception. >> it's all about fine detail at the last minute. there's a lot of preparation but there's lots we would like to do earlier that we really can't do until, you know, we see the guests coming into the room. it will be about double
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checking, triple checking and checking it again and making sure that we've got everything in the right places. >> reporter: there will be 10 to 12 savory varieties, 5 or 6 sweet, some hot, some cold but all personally approved by kate and william. they will be carried upstairs on trays and plates to the spectacular state rooms. this is home to arguably the finest private art collection in the world. >> in the 19 state rooms which are used during state functions, they drip with opulence, they really are intended to make people think, wow, this is an incredible palace. i think that's very much part of its history. that was a place intended to impress. >> this is also a working palace. a staff of 60 upstairs will attend to the guests' every need. >> for any event we're going through every single detail we
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possibly can so it's planned in advance and we don't leave anything to chance. >> reporter: and this is the level of detail we're talking about. using an antique measuring stick to make sure every glass sits a certain distance from the table's edge, a perfect line, of perfectly polished glasses, ready to be handed to the guests. around 300 close family and friends will have the added privilege of going on to a sitdown dinner hosted by prince charles. during this most exclusive of wedding receptions, the public will get a chance to see the newlyweds. at about half past 1:00, local time, we expect them to come out on the balcony for what's bound to become an iconic moment in british history when prince william kisses his princess. max foster, cnn, buckingham palace, london. not long to go now. you're watching "world one" live from london. i'm zain vergee. >> i'm monita rajpal. thank you for watching cnn.
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on this american morning, highly toxic plutonium has been discovered in the soil at japan's daiichi power station. an official calling the crisis there very grave. the trouble is, there's no place to put the water. president obama making his case to the american people saying we had to get involved in libya to head off a humanitarian crisis. at least one prominent senator wants to know why we're not going specifically after moammar gadhafi. and the search for the deadly cobra missing from the bronx zoo. the snake now has its own twitter page with thousands of followers. it needs a four square page so we can find it out where it is. a u.s. airways pilot
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discovers a hole in his plane. all that is ahead on this "american morning." heerios to , there's whole grain in every box. make sure to look for the white check.
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